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Police arrest fake military officer in Niger state

Aug 9, 2022

Operatives of the Niger State Police Command have arrested a 35-year-old man, Aliyu Umar, for parading himself as a military officer.

 

Spokesperson of the command, DSP Wasiu Abiodun, who disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday, August 9, 2022, said the suspect was arrested in Magama local government area of the state. 

 

“On 31/07/2022 at about 1000hrs, based on a tip-off that an individual who has been parading himself as a military officer was sighted along Ibeto area of Nasko, Magama LGA,” the statement read.

 

“On receipt of this information, Police operatives attached to Nasko Division mobilized to the area and arrested one Aliyu Umar aged 35yrs ‘m’ of Wawu-Garin Warra, Ngaski LGA of Kebbi State,” 

 

The suspect was arrested with the following items: one Mercedes Benz with Reg. No. BDG 300 TA, one NDA emblem, one military camouflage, jungle hat, one military vest with belt, one military face mask, two ropes, three sim cards of different network providers, sum of seven hundred and twenty thousand naira.

 

During interrogation, the suspect denied being a military officer, but claimed that the accoutrements belongs to his brother who is a soldierman serving at Warri.

 

“However, the suspect has been on the Command’s watchlist as he abandoned a Honda Accord vehicle with Reg.No. RBC 143 FF at Maje along Kotangora road in the year 2020 to evade arrest for a similar offence,” the PPRO stated. 

 

“He couldn’t give satisfactory account of himself as he claimed to be a car dealer and farmer while he further said that the cash in his possession was meant to purchase a vehicle.

 

“Meanwhile, the case is under investigation and the suspect will be arraigned in court for prosecution immediately after investigation while the Command urges members of the public to be more vigilant and report any strange person (s) to the Police and other security agencies for prompt intervention.”

 

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